[43] [10] Airbus also considered re-engining the A380 but was wary of having two major modification programs simultaneously. [12] In the 250-300-seat market, CIT Group believes an A330neo enables profitability on shorter ranges where the longer-range A350 and Boeing 787 aren't optimized. MIAMI – As Airbus delivered its final A330-300 yesterday, the carrier now looks into the future with its new a330neo weight variant as it takes to the skies on its first flight. [72], Delta expects a 20 percent reduction in operating cost per seat over the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft it replaces. The #A330neo maiden flight is scheduled for Oct 19th pending several factors incl. Steve Mason, CIT vice president for aircraft analysis, said: "The A350-800 is not as efficient as they'd like". tweet; SUBSCRIBE NOW! After negative feedback from airlines and lessors, the A350 XWB became a new design in 2006. Press enquiries, Data services Tweet on Twitter. [53], Leased from Avolon, the first A330-900 was delivered to TAP Air Portugal on 26 November 2018, featuring 298 seats: 34 full-flat business, 96 economy plus and 168 economy seats, and to be deployed from Portugal to the Americas and Africa. Leeham News, on the one hand considered the A330-800 does not really cover the upper end of New Midsize Airplane studied by Boeing for some years, on the other hand stated that the A330-800 provides Airbus a cost-effective entry to the upper end of the middle of the market. APEX Insight: The A330neo, which will fly exclusively with the Airspace by Airbus cabin interior, took flight for the first time today in Toulouse, France, and APEX Media was on-site. A330neo first flight. [79], Demand for the -800 is limited by low fuel prices and the fact that the -200s it might replace after 2020 are still young (nine years on average). [33] [9] An A330neo would accelerate the demise of the similarly-sized A350-800. [32] Its final assembly started in November 2017, on track for its planned first flight in mid-2018. seeking to best fit its current network to Asia and North America whilst allowing for future growth, possibly to Europe. And a two cabin configuration. [39], The second test aircraft made its maiden flight on 4 December, to be used to validate aerodynamic & engine performance and airline operations. [37] It should establish certain maximum operating points and achieve an initial handling qualities assessment including at high angle of attack. 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[8], Airbus sales chief John Leahy's argument was that the lower purchase price of an A330 even without new engines make the economics of buying an A330 competitive at midrange routes with that of the Boeing 787. [74] This exceeds the existing 440-seat maximum exit limit allowed by the type certificate, and requires a modification of the Type-A exit doors to meet emergency exit requirements. As of 10 April 2018, the two test aircraft had logged over 200 flights and more than 700 hours, testing −27 °C cold weather, natural icing, crosswind landing, 37 °C and 8,000 ft (2,400 m) hot and high operations. After a low pass at Toulouse, the flight landed at 12:14 UTC (14:14 local). Join more than 500,000 others who receive weekly aviation industry and flight tracking news from Flightradar24 direct to their inbox. On 8 April 2019, Uganda National Airlines Company firmed up its order for two -800s. This A330-900 destined for Corsair is the first of five. [87] Steven Udvar-Hazy, chairman and CEO of Air Lease Corp., said, "We don't believe it is rational for us to take the A350-800 and the A330neo [...] I don't see the A350-800 surviving if they do the A330neo". MSN1813 was to test natural icing conditions, assess hot and high conditions in the United Arab Emirates and La Paz, and fly 150h of route-proving; it has rakes and pressure sensors in the engine flows to compare actual thrust with ground bench measurements. Airbus believes there is potential for the A330neo in the growing long-haul, low-cost carrier sector. TAP Air Portugal is set to receive the first A330neo in mid-2018. [68], Candidate engines included variants of Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 and General Electric's GEnx-1B. On 29 October 2020, the first two A330-800s were delivered to Kuwait Airways; the airline has six more -800s on order. The launch of the new A330-800 in commercial aviation is scheduled for 2019. First Airbus A330neo For Air Asia Takes First Flight. [11], In March 2014, Delta Air Lines expressed an interest in the A330neo to replace its aging, 20+-year-old Boeing 767-300ER jets. [35] Both engine makers were reportedly interested in winning an exclusive deal should a re-engined A330 be offered. [4] Airbus stated that lower capital cost would make the A330neo the most cost-efficient medium-range wide-body aircraft in the market. [98] With the exception of Delta, industry-leading airlines preferred the Boeing 787. [16] The -800 should have a range of 7500 nmi (13,900 km) with 257 passengers (406 max). [80] Airbus hoped to sell 1,000 A330neo aircraft. [104], Between January 2014 and November 2019, the A330/A330neo had 477 net orders (net of cancellations) compared to a total of 407 for all three variants of the 787. Aerodynamic modifications would include a re-twisted wing and optimised slats. Facebook. The first aircraft will be delivered to TAP Portugal, with other commitments from Delta Airlines, AirAsia X, Hawaiian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Arkia Israel, Iran Air, Aircalin and various aircraft lessors. [34] [28] [18] They will deliver a thrust of 68,000 to 72,000 pounds-force (300 to 320 kN). Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia believes that the A330neo should dominate the lower range and lower capacity end of the twin aisle market because the 787-8 has the high operating economics and unit price associated with its 8,000-nm range. The first flight is part of the planned 1,100 hours testing of the -900, the larger version of the A330neo. The business class cabin will have 28 seats and the main cabin will have 260 seats. Air Asia’s A330-900neo’s will carry 286 passengers in a two class layout. 1,100 flight hours have been allotted for the A330-900 campaign, while an additional 300 hours have been scheduled for the A330-800 campaign. Airbus is rolling A330neo first flight on October 19th, 2017 subject to weather conditions. [107], Compared to a 283-seat, 9-abreast 787-9, Airbus claims a 1% lower fuel burn for the -900: 3% higher due to the 4–5 t (8,800–11,000 lb) higher OEW, but 4% lower due to the 4 m (13 ft) wider wingspan, and 3% lower fuel burn per seat in a 287-seat, 8-abreast configuration, reaching 7% with a 303-seat, 9-abreast layout. Between 2014 and the neo first flight in October 2017, the A330/A330neo had 440 orders (excluding freighters) compared to 272 for the 787-8/9 (excluding the -10), or since the 787 launch, 1211 A330ceo/neos compared to 1106 787-8/9s. Contacts Us 7338. Photo: Airbus A330neo first flight track. A330neo First Flight. [40] Steve Creedy. MSN1819 was to validate the Airspace cabin interior fitting with artificial passengers for ventilation analysis and cabin environment measurements. [62] The newer 242-tonne −300 is already 2% more efficient. [70], The Trent is the exclusive powerplant, as Rolls-Royce offered better terms to obtain exclusivity. [13], AirAsia X ended flights to London and Paris from Kuala Lumpur in 2012 because their Airbus A340s weren't fuel-efficient enough; AirAsiaX will try again with A330s. The aircraft is the smallest version of the new A330neo series, which is expected to debut in the next few days with the recently certified A330-900. Taken together, these contribute to an improved fuel burn and increased range of 400 nm compared to the A330ceo. It started the final certification step on 18 June: function and reliability tests or route proving, including ETOPS, diversion airport landing, and testing ground handling over 150 flight test hours, as the flight test programme reached 1,000 hours. [15], On 14 July 2014 at the Farnborough Airshow, Airbus launched the A330neo programme, to be powered by the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000. [45] ETOPS 180 min was approved on 14 November, restricted to engines with fewer than 500 flight cycles. TOULOUSE, France --- The first A330neo took off this morning at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 09.57 hrs local time, for its maiden flight taking place over south-western France. 19% of A330 operators are already 787 customers though some A330 operators have been dual sourcing from both Boeing and Airbus. Customers bemoan the loss of competition among engine makers: Steven Udvar-Hazy, CEO of Air Lease Corporation, said that he wants a choice of engines, but Airbus has pointed out that equipping a commercial aircraft to handle more than one type of engine adds several hundred million dollars to the development cost. New engines like the GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 developed for the 787 could offer a 12%–15% fuel burn improvement, and sharklets at least 2%. [46][47] TAP made its first commercial flight on 15 December from Lisbon to São Paulo. After the A320neo launch in December 2010 and its commercial success, Air Asia's boss Tony Fernandes said he would like Airbus to re-engine the A330. Beyond-180min ETOPS was approved by the EASA by 24 January 2019. [6] A new version with modern engines comparable to those developed for the Boeing 787 was called for by operators of the original A330 series. [81] [14] As Airbus gradually increases output of the new A350, prolonging the production run of the A330 could help to maintain profitability. 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[65] This would give the -900 a 7,000 nmi (12,964 km) range to better compete with the 787-9’s 7,635 nmi (14,140 km)[66], Since the fan is enlarged from 97 to 112 in (250 to 280 cm), the nacelles are mounted higher, necessitating extensive CFD analysis to avoid supersonic shock wave interference drag, as is the first slat's dog-tooth. New winglets, 3.7 metres wider and similar to those of the A350 XWB, still within ICAO category E airport requirements, along with new engine pylons, would improve aerodynamics by 4%. [52] tweet; Previous article Airbus A330neo takes off in turbulent times. [91] In November 2019, maximum accommodation increased to 460 seats, through the installation of new 'Type-A+' exits, with a dual-lane evacuation slide. [23], On 7 September 2015, Airbus announced that it had begun production of the first A330neo with the construction of its centre wingbox and engine pylon. [16], Its development costs were expected to have an impact of around −0.7% on Airbus's return on sales target from 2015 to 2017,[17] an estimated $2 billion (£1.18 billion). This will comprise 1,100 flight hours for the A330-900 campaign – to achieve its EASA and FAA Type Certification around the middle of 2018. On Thursday 19 October 2017, the Airbus A330neo took off for the very first time. A330neo first flight. Its two versions are based on the A330-200 and -300: the -800 has a range of 8,150 nmi (15,090 km) with 257 passengers while the -900 covers 7,200 nmi (13,330 km) with 287 passengers. The planes were procured by the Ugandan government in preparation for building its international long-haul flight network which is due to commence next year. [50] The Airbus A330neo took to the skies for the first time today, completing a 4 hour 15 minute maiden flight from Toulouse, France. [80], Production of the -800 beyond the prototype was in doubt, as Hawaiian was choosing between the Airbus A350-900 and the Boeing 787-8/9. [105] [1] The 4h 15m flight reached 30,125 ft (9,182 m) and 502 kn (930 km/h). Get weekly updates on Flightradar24 and have the latest aviation news land in your inbox. The first of three A330neo Family development aircraft to fly – MSN1795, an A330-900 variant – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France after successfully completing its first flight.The aircraft was powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans. [83] [73], Further reconfiguration of cabin facilities enables the –900 to seat up to 460 passengers in an all-economy layout. [71], The A330-900 retains the fuselage length of the A330-300. Twitter. [89], Airbus could limit its MTOW to 200 t (440,000 lb) and derate its engines to 68,000 lbf (300,000 N) to optimise for the shorter routes to be targeted by the Boeing NMA, with the A321XLR tackling the lower end of the same niche. The aircraft, MSN1795, is a A330-900 and the first of three certification flight-test aircraft to fly, powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans. [72] It exclusively uses the larger Rolls-Royce Trent 7000. After negative feedback from airlines and lessors, the A350 XWB became a new design in 2006. They have close economics but the A330neo costs up to $30m less, according to another publication. MASTERFILMS, Antonov An-225 Mryia – A flight tracking special, Latest Coronavirus Airline and Aviation industry news, Sriwijaya Air flight 182 crashes near Jakarta, London goes quiet: how the mutated coronavirus affected flights, The Saudi airspace deal and what it means for Qatar…, British Airways sets new transatlantic speed record, Titan Airways 757 visits one of the world’s most remote and difficult…, Hi Fly says bye bye to its A380 with love, The Saudi airspace deal and what it means for Qatar Airways, Etihad takes delivery of its special 787 ‘Greenliner’. [30] The aircraft complete with engines showed at Toulouse in September before its first flight. [36], The A330-900 first flight on 19 October 2017 was a debut of the 1,400 hours flight test campaign involving three prototypes plus the first production aircraft: 1,100 flight hours for the A330-900 and 300 flight hours for the A330-800, targeting mid-2018 EASA and FAA Type Certification. The Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency, New Technology) engine is under development for the 787-10, but Rolls-Royce intends to offer a broad power range. Taking to the skies for the first time this morning from Toulouse, France, was the 251-tonne A330-900 – which provides the perfect fit for longer trans-Pacific or Asia-Europe routes. [106] In May 2019, Airbus's chief commercial officer made clear the company has a “rock”, the A321neo, and a “hard place”, the A330-800, for any airframer intending to bring a new airplane into the middle of the market at a time when Boeing was mired in the 737 MAX crisis. [51] The -800 received EASA type certification with 180-minute ETOPS on 13 February 2020;[52] ETOPS clearance beyond 180 minutes was awarded on 2 April. Twitter. An A330-900 is worth $115 million in 2018, while a new B787-9 valuation is $145 million, up from $135 million in 2014, but it may have been sold for $110–15 million to prevent A330neo sales. After this delay, TAP Air Portugal was expected to receive the first A330neo at the end of the first half of 2018, or even in the third quarter. [61], The larger 112-inch Trent 7000 is 11% more efficient than the 97.5-inch Trent 700 engine, a 2% loss is due to increased weight and 1% due to additional drag from the larger engine, but the sharklets and aero optimization regains 4% for a 12% fuel advantage per trip. [25] In December 2016, the program schedule slipped by six weeks due to marginal engine development at Rolls-Royce, and launch customer TAP Air Portugal projected its first A330neo would be delivered in March 2018. [64] Initially based on the largest 242t MTOW A330, Airbus is studying an improvement to 245 t (540,000 lb) MTOW for the A330neo, which would match the figure originally given for the Airbus A350-800 before it was sidelined in favor of the A330neo. myFlightradar24 [54][55] The A330neo takes flight for the first time in Toulouse (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr) Although the aircraft has a 95 percent airframe commonality with the A330ceo, the most noticeable difference from its predecessor will be a new wing, including the addition of A350 styled winglets contributing to the reduction in fuel burn. Facebook. [33] A330-900-Hifly-MSN1929-ferry-flight-take-off-to-chateauroux-for-painting-001 The A330neo wing also includes new sharklets similar to those on the A350. [93][94], Amazon.com and United Parcel Service pushed for a freighter version, stretching the A330-900 to carry more cargo over a shorter range, but retired 767s and A330s provide a lot of conversion potential. The Airbus A330neo ("neo" for "New Engine Option") is a wide-body jet airliner developed by Airbus from the Airbus A330 (now A330ceo – "Current Engine Option"). [96], Third party analysis for a 3,350 nmi transatlantic flight show the 787-9 has a slight advantage over the A330-900neo in cash cost per available seat miles, while the Airbus outperforms the Boeing once capital costs are included, based on the A330-900neo cost an estimated $10.6m less. Stay tuned for more! The first flight used a -900 and next year they will add the first -800. 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MSN 1795) departed Toulouse–Blagnac Airport at 09:57 local time (07:57 GMT), commanded by Captains Thierry Bourges, and Thomas Wilhelm, Experimental Test Pilots, and Alain Pourchet, Test-Flight Engineer. Under the wing, the A330neo is powered by the new Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engine, which includes a new composite nacelle and titanium pylon. The Airbus A330neo took to the air in Toulouse for the first time on November 19. [69], The A330neo will use the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine, which is an electronic controlled bleed air variant of the Trent 1000 used on the Boeing 787-10. MSN1795 was to undertake simulated icing tests and cold-weather tests in Canada, noise assessment, autoland testing and high angle-of-attack, minimum-unstick checks during rotation with a tail bumper. Demand for the -800 demand fell to 3%, whereas the -200 commanded 40% of the ceo deliveries: its range advantage has eroded with the increased capabilities of the -900, and although it offers lower fuel per trip, fuel per seat is higher. [20], John Leahy estimated that the A330-900 would have operating costs on par with the 787-9, but would be available at 25% lower capital costs and could reach a production rate of 10 per month after a 7/8 per month rate at the production start. Cabin optimisation allows ten additional seats on the A330-900 (310 passengers) with 18-inch-wide economy seats. [98] I mean, it was months later than initially planned thanks to a variety of delays in engines and other components, but the plane lifted off at 9:57a local time, ahead of the 10a schedule as Airbus sought to avoid any potential weather challenges on an overcast day. [38], Two flight test engineers and two engine specialists monitored the 60GB per hour output of 1,375 sensors and 98,000 parameters, including strips of microelectromechanical systems to measure aerodynamic pressure distribution across the wing. After the A320neo launch in December 2010 and its commercial success, Air Asia's boss Tony Fernandes said he would like Airbus to re-engine the A330. The first of three A330neo Family development aircraft to fly – MSN1795, an A330-900 variant – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 14:10 hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes. We look forward to a successful flight test campaign and entry into service of the A330neo in 2018.” Airbus has developed a fast-paced development programme from launch to first A330neo delivery. It will have a 112 in (284 cm) diameter fan and a 10:1 bypass ratio. Airbus (@Airbus). [77], After the first flight of the -900 on 19 October 2017, Hawaiian Airlines (then the only customer for the -800) considered changing its order for six -800s, The aircraft, MSN1795, is a A330-900 and the first of three certification flight-test aircraft to fly. [82] [24] Final assembly of the first aircraft, an A330-900, started in September 2016 at the Toulouse Line with the station 40 centre fuselage and wings join. The A330neo first flight departed slightly early on Thursday morning in Toulouse. Hawaiian denied that the order for the A330-800 had been cancelled, but did not dismiss a new deal with Boeing. The inaugural flight of the jet is the first of a test stage that should last about 300 hours of flight. The heavier structure allows a transpacific range, and is balanced by a weight-reduction effort, keeping the same empty weight and payload. Back to all videos. [44], EASA granted the A330-941 type certificate on 26 September 2018, with ETOPS not yet approved. This gave the -900 a range of 7,200 nmi (13,300 km) and 8,150 nmi (15,090 km) for the -800. [101] Launched in July 2014, the wide-body A330neo builds on the A330’s models, but is aimed at reducing fuel consumption by 14% per seat. [67], On the -800 at FL400, cruise fuel flow at Mach 0.82 and low weight is 4.7 to 5.2 t (10,000 to 11,000 lb) per hour at a higher weight and Mach 0.83. [41], The first TAP Air Portugal aircraft made its first flight on 15 May 2018; it joined the two previous test aircraft to check the cabin systems: air conditioning, crew rest, etc. 1 A330neo was put through its paces during a four hour and 13 minute airborne evaluation. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2018 with launch customer TAP Air Portugal. [103] In April 2020, the production rate decreased from 3.5 to 2 per month due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation, and finished planes were stored while waiting for deferred deliveries. Its range would increase by 400 nautical miles (740 km) and although 95% of the parts would be common with the A330ceo, maintenance costs would be lower. The engines were shipped to Airbus in June. [75] The A330neo flight test campaign will make use of 3 aircraft, two A330-900s and one A330-800. Airbus brought optimism to an overcast day in Toulouse, France, as the A330neo took flight […] SHARE. The -900 made its maiden flight on 19 October 2017 and received its EASA type certificate on 26 September 2018; it was first delivered to TAP Air Portugal on 26 November 2018 and had its maiden commercial flight on 15 December. [56], On the occasion of the 19 October 2017 first flight, an increase to 251 t (553,000 lb) MTOW by mid-2020 was announced, with a few changes to the landing gear and brakes, increasing its range by 700 or 1,000 nmi (1,300 or 1,900 km) compared to the current A330neo or A330ceo. Its flight envelope was fully opened including flutter and stall tests to complete powerplant calibration and strake configuration has been frozen. The only place in … The first aircraft, configured with 226 seats including 23 in business class, was to be delivered to Kuwait Airways in March 2020; the airline postponed delivery until the third quarter of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The first "real", fare-paying, passengers that will be able to enjoy the improvements of the A330neo are going to be TAP's, as the Portuguese airline is going to be the launch customer for the type. Test flights of the 251 t A330-900 started from 28 February 2020. Departing from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France, the no. Here are some pictures of the A330neo first flight. The head of Pratt and Whitney said: "Engines are no longer commodities...the optimization of the engine and the aircraft becomes more relevant. 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